Øyvind Åsland

Øyvind Åsland is General Secretary (CEO) of Norwegian Lutheran Mission. Last year the organization celebrated its 125th anniversary. During the last few years he has led some major changes: prioritizing resources towards new areas of mission (scaling down in traditional areas in order to reach the least reached people groups) and starting church planting in Norway as the church situation in Norway has changed. Øyvind has also served as a missionary in Kenya. He is married to Reidun and they have three children.

 

2018 Forum Sessions


Afternoon Workshop


Old Habits or New Vision? Leading Change in a Traditional Organisation

Many Christian organizations and churches in Europe have a long history and a great legacy. That is a reason to celebrate and give praise to the Lord. At the same time, our past can be a hindrance for renewal and growth. It is easy for the members and leaders of such churches and organizations to lean back and live on past greatness, not realizing that things have changed – both in the Christian community and in society at large. Or, when realizing that they are in decline, they may try to re-create the wonderful past. Instead of despairing, we as leaders are called to bring change and renewal to our communities! The leader has a crucial role, and needs to honor the past, analyze the current situation, create new visions (or return to the original vision), and help his people understand the need for change, renewal, and movement into the new great things that the Lord is creating. This workshop will explore how leaders can bring hope and effective strategy to organizations and churches that need renewal.

 

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